Nobel laureate S. Fred Singer in ‘The American Thinker’ and Kate Sheppard in ‘Mother Jones’ have the opposing views on global warming that unintentionally exposes environmentalism for being a secular religion, an ideo/theology. Only a deity is missing in environmentalism; it has everything else, including priests and priestesses quoting scripture myths and delivering moral sermons. Environmentalism also has sacred sacrifice, cloth-sack apocalyptic true believers, and churches with docile congregations. They call their churches, “public universities.”
Kate Sheppard is another apocalyptic environmentalist, averring that we are “careening off the cliff” regardless of whether humanity cuts down on its burning of hydrocarbons. Fred Singer flirts with denialism in his skepticism; their contrasting views appear to be in some accord that global warming is not solely anthropogenic. Thank God for that!
Like any enduring religion, environmentalism builds an simple attractive idea into a myth, the attractive myth hardens into a doctrine, the popular doctrine then ossifies into dogma and then priestesses, known as “professors,” preach to their young congregations of students that carbon dioxide is a toxin that threatens human existence and that they should personally feel a great moral guilt because their “footprint” is obscenely excessive, since they live alone in a tiny dorm room that could easily jam in four or five more people, if you only stacked them in triple bunkbeds. The priestesses/professors never do explain that yes, carbon dioxide is a toxin to humans, but it is also absolutely essential to human life because plant life inhales our toxins while breathing out its toxin, our life-essential oxygen. Simply put (that is, scientifically), no carbon dioxide means no plants, and no plants means no oxygen, and no oxygen means no humans. So, like any enduring religion, environmentalism uses moral blackmail to frighten the congregation into seeking salvation from the only holy source on the planet who can save them: the priestess standing at the lectern.
Took two courses on environmentalism while at university. Actually, it is even worse than I’ve written. God be with us all.